Volunteers celebrate hospice shop’s first anniversary

Pendleside Hospice staff and volunteers are celebrating as their Barrowford shop marks its first anniversary.

The shop, located in the former ‘Patchwork Chicks’ building in Butterfield Cottage off Gisburn Road, has raised more than £35,000 since it opened last March. It is the ninth run by the hospice in Burnley and Pendle, which contributes around £370,000 towards the hospice’s annual running costs of around £4million.

The shop is home to range of items high quality items including clothes, toys, DVDs and other good which have all been donated.

Catherine Argyle, Pendleside Hospice Area Retail Manager said: “We’ve had a really successful first year at Barrowford, having currently raised £35,961 since opening in March last year - which is a fantastic amount. Donors can potentially also sign up to gift aid at our Barrowford shop which means that an extra 25 per cent could be raised on all gift aided sales.

“Money raised through the shop will fund direct patient care. We hope that the people of Barrowford will continue to get behind the shop, by both donating and shopping. We would like to thank all the volunteers across all our shops who provide their time to help raise the money that the hospice needs.”

Margaret Whitaker, volunteer Shop Manager at Barrowford shop and a former breast cancer specialist nurse started volunteering at the shop last year. She said: “I’ve been aware of the amazing work the hospice does through my work as a nurse as I’d often refer my patients to use their services. I’d talked about helping to run a shop for the hospice, so when the Barrowford shop opened I was keen to get involved.

“The support that we have received since opening has been incredible. We’ve had so many fantastic items donated to us including designer shoes, clothes and handbags including brands like Gucci, which means people in Barrowford and the surrounding areas can pick up lots of great bargains.

As part of Pendleside’s 30th anniversary celebrations hospice staff are asking for supporters to showcase their thrifty items that have been purchased from any of their charity shops. More information about this can be found on the hospice website www.­pendleside.­org.­uk, along with many other ways to help support the hospice in its 30th year.

All of the hospice’s nine shops also now have volunteer opportunities. To find out more about volunteering call Catherine Argyle on 01282 440126 or email Catherine.argyle@pendleside.or.

The Barrowford shop is open on from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday.